Transfer Summit 2016 Materials
College of DuPage
February 12, 2016
When 2+2 is not Enough: Key Factors to Creating a Successful Transfer Partnership
Over 90% of the community college students in the GSU Dual Degree Program (DDP) who have transferred to Governors State University have either graduated or are still enrolled. Learn how you can adapt this highly successful program to enhance transfer student retention and completion of associate and bachelor’s degrees. Insights will be shared about the creation, growth, maintenance and stumbling blocks that were overcome for this successful partnership.
Sarah Hein, Counselor/Transfer Coordinator, Prairie State College,
Roshaunda Ross, Dual Degree Partnership Director, Governors State University
Statewide Transfer Tools: Utilizing the Illinois Articulation Initiative and iTransfer Website
In the fall of 2014, nearly 60,000 students transferred from one Illinois school to another. No need to worry though as there are effective transfer tools in place! The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement that is valid among more than 100 participating public and private colleges and universities in Illinois. The iTransfer website serves current and potential students by providing information regarding how to transfer successfully, and lists course recommendations for students who know their intended major but not necessarily their intended transfer institution. This presentation will focus on the guiding policies, components, and the foundational GECC package of IAI as well as how students, parents, and advisors can use the iTransfer website to make informed decisions about which courses to take.
Malinda Aiello, Illinois Board of Higher Education
Dr. Ashley Becker, Illinois Community College Board
Building a Transfer Team
Representatives from Illinois State University will discuss how collaboration between Admissions and Advising have positively impacted transfer students. From pre-admission to enrollment, the transfer team works to make the transition as smooth as possible. In this session you will hear about pre-advisement, recruitment efforts, and our campus-wide collaboration.
Rachel Caracci, Associate Director of Admissions, Illinois State University
Samantha Meranda, Transfer Coordinator, Illinois State University
Kera Tackett, Academic Advisor, Illinois State University
Greg Diller, Academic Advisor, Illinois State University
3+1 Bachelor Programs: a Community College and University Partnership
College of DuPage’s 3+1 program is an innovative initiative that allows for students to earn their bachelor’s degree from prominent universities without having to leave COD’s campus. Our presentation will review the current 3+1 partnerships and then look more closely at the Benedictine University partnership to show how both schools work together to promote the program and guide students from day one through graduation.
Justin Hardee, Admissions Representative, College of DuPage
Hicela Woods, Associate Director of Non-Traditional Enrollment, Benedictine University
How Statewide Systems Improve Transfer: Transfer is our Future
This session is a presentation and discussion concerning the state of Illinois’ transfer systems/initiatives, including: understanding Illinois’ transfer profile; the advantages and challenges of a statewide initiative in our institutionally-diverse state; ways to maximize the advantages; and a discussion of today’s transfer challenges, focused on Illinois’ approach to meet them. It is critical that those advising students on higher education understand transfer is a valid pathway for students to achieve a baccalaureate degree and can be a smooth, well-planned and efficient way to achieve educational goals.
Dena Lawrence, Illinois’ MyCreditsTransfer Project Coordinator
Dr. Marilyn Marshall, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Transfer Recruitment: Thinking Outside the Box of the Typical College Fair
This session will highlight some of the recruitment efforts the University of Illinois has put into place over the course of the past few years specifically for transfer students. Transfer fairs are not the only means of transfer recruitment so this session will assist anyone who has been tasked with increasing transfer recruitment efforts on their campus. Bring your ideas as well!
April Ponte, Coordinator of School Relations/Academic Counselor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Parkland Pathway to Illinois: Paving the Road from a Comprehensive Community College to a Research 1 Land Grant Institution
The Parkland Pathway to Illinois program is a groundbreaking partnership linking Parkland College, a comprehensive community college in Champaign, Illinois and the highly selective, research-based University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The program offers co-enrollment and guaranteed transfer after successful completion of the program. This initiative is unique in that students are considered to be part of the University of Illinois community with access to all resources traditional students have, while being full-time Parkland College students.
Kristin Smigielski, Associate Director of Transfer Admissions, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Mary Kay Smith, Student Services Advisor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
ICCCASRR – Coming Together to Best Serve Adult Students
The Illinois Community College Council on Adult Student Recruitment and Retention (ICCCASRR) formed in 2014 to share best practices to increase adult enrollment and improve retention at member institutions. The council provides a partnership with Illinois Community Colleges to share information to accomplish our respective institutional goals.
Peggy Heenan, Recruiter and Outreach Specialist, Moraine Valley Community College
Angela Nackovic, Adult Admissions Representative, College of DuPage
Beth Wyack, College Recruiter, Prairie State College
Best Practices Supporting Transfer Students
Given transfer students’ unique needs throughout their transitions in higher education, NACAC designed an online resource called the Transfer Knowledge Hub to assist professionals in their work to support transfer students. Learn about what this resource offers, the latest research around best practices for supporting transfer students and engage in discussion to identify challenges and potential solutions in the field.
Crystal Newby, Assistant Director of Education and Training, National Association for College Admission Counseling